NTU’s Master of Arts in Contemporary China celebrates its 5th Anniversary with the launch of its first scholarship programme
The Master of Arts in Contemporary China (MACC) programme at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) today celebrated the fifth anniversary of its establishment. To mark the occasion, the first MACC Scholarship will be launched at a dinner hosted by NTU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences this evening at the Fullerton Hotel. Graced by Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon, Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports, the dinner will be attended by 120 guests including students, alumni, academics, and business and community leaders.
Known as the Wong Wai Ling Scholarship, the award is sponsored by NTU alumnus, Mr Wong Kiong, Managing Director of Wong Hing Long Technologies and Wong Hing Long Integrated Engineering, who named the scholarship after his father, the founder of Wong Hing Long Technologies, a leading company that services machining and fabrication projects.
From January 2011, one scholarship will be awarded to newly enrolled MACC students each year, over the next five years. The scholarship, worth up to $17,200, will be offered to full-time Singaporean students who have completed one semester of study and who have been accepted for the dissertation track. Applicants will be assessed on their academic performance during their first semester of study. They are also required to demonstrate positive class performance, exemplary character, strong passion in understanding contemporary China issues, as well as enthusiasm in promoting the programme.
The MACC Programme’s fifth anniversary celebration and launch of its new scholarship coincides with the graduation of the programme’s latest cohort of students at NTU’s Convocation 2010 last month.
Tracing the growth of the programme, MACC Programme Director, Associate Professor Yao Shuntian (姚顺添) from NTU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences said, “The MACC programme has truly come of age over the last five years. In July 2005, we started with just 22 students from a handful of countries. Today, more than 100 students have graduated from the programme, while more than 60 are currently attending it.
“The programme has also been attracting global interest and our students have come from countries as far away as Norway and Israel. It provides them with valuable country-specific, political, business and cultural knowledge and skills to handle contemporary China issues as they continue their professional careers in government and business. This knowledge and skills will become increasingly relevant in the next two decades, as China is on course to overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy around 2025, according to projections by the World Bank, Goldman Sachs and others.”
This year’s Top Student prize goes to Singaporean, Ian Wong Jun Yuan (黄俊源), 25, who was chosen for his flair, professionalism and leadership in the programme. Wong, who was previously a Public Service Commission scholar studying Chemistry at Tsinghua University, said, “I’m delighted to be the top prize winner this year. The programme equipped me with analytical tools that are crucial for understanding and critically assessing the developments in the rapidly developing country. The course has also given me tremendous exposure to the subtleties and differences within China that are not widely offered in other programmes around the region.”
As an interdisciplinary programme, MACC draws on China specialists from various disciplines at NTU, including Business, Chinese Studies, Economics, Public Administration, Psychology and Sociology. Associate Professor Yao hopes to continue deepening the programme’s links with other departments in NTU, making MACC a thriving part of the University.
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